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PLAY Expo Manchester Gears Up for Most Successful Show Ever;  Final Roster of Events, Special Guests, Games and Exhibitors Unveiled 

Machinima SBOC/UK, 2K® Games NBA™ 2K18™ & WWE™ 2018, Llamasoft® Legend Jeff ‘Yak’ Minter and 13 additional Indies All Confirmed for EventCity This Weekend!

Manchester, England – October 11th, 2017 – With tickets selling rapidly, PLAY Expo Manchester is set to light up EventCity on October 14th and 15th thanks to an amazing array of events, exhibits, personalities and games set to thrill tens of thousands of visitors.

A final roster of additional attractions include:

Influential media brand, Machinima SBOC/UK are now confirmed as returning, bringing their thrilling live and interactive stage – all broadcast over Facebook LIVE and Periscope. There’ll also be news of all the latest games, of course, and prizes given away over the weekend. There’ll even be opportunities to meet and interact with the Machinima SBOC team! The Machinima stage is proudly being sponsored by Ultimo Hombre, the exciting new name in casual eSports, allowing gamers of all ages, skill and ability to participate in eSports for fun at dozens of venues across the UK! For more information, visit

In another PLAY Expo first, 2K Games is also confirmed as attending, where NBA 2K18 and WWE 2K18 will be playable for the very first time to all attendees exclusively at the Machinima SBOC/UK stage. Fans will be able to grapple with the latest sports games on the PS4 which features updated rosters and brand-new game modes. For more information on WWE 2K18, and NBA 2K18, visit 2K Games website at

Hirsute indie programmer, Jeff Minter of Llamasoft fame is set to make a big splash with two titles: Polybius and Tempest 4000. Polybius is fast trance shooter designed to bath players in a meditative state of mind as they get into the ‘zone’ awash with light and sound. By contrast, Tempest 4000 invites players to once again control their ‘Claw’ ship to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive and achieve that coveted spot at the top of the leader boards.

Fans of augmented reality and trading cards are in for a real treat on their mobile phones with the announcement that brand new connected play experience, Lightseekers, will be available to play on the show floor. The game challenges players to unravel the mysteries of Tantos, with the added thrill of being able to connect to one of the Lightseekers smart digital action figures that interacts with you as you play such as offering advice during a battle or lighting up to help you with puzzles! Use powerful spells, creatures and items to defeat your opponent in head to head battles as you take on the role of one of Lightseekers powerful heroes

Bringing the total number of indies confirmed as attending to a staggering 35, PLAY Expo Manchester is set to be the biggest ever. Some of the additional Indie highlights promising to wow the crowds include:

“We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of amazing events, personalities, exhibitors and games set to take this year’s Play Expo Manchester by storm,” beamed Andy Brown, Director for Replay Events. “When the doors open this Saturday 14th Oct, tens of thousands of visitors will be treated to a show floor teeming with indie and triple-A talent, as well as an electrifying range of tournaments, exhibitor area and live updates thanks to our fantastic partner, Machinima SBOC UK, for the weekend. We can’t wait for the show to start for what should undoubtedly be our most successful year.”

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About Replay Events

Replay Events is a unique, UK-based company specialising in the organisation of video gaming events and the supply of games consoles, computers and related equipment. The Replay Events team are responsible for staging some of the UK’s biggest gaming shows, such PLAY Expo Manchester, PLAY Expo Blackpool and PLAY Expo Glasgow.

Replay Events provide equipment and technical expertise to a number of highly successful video game and technology-themed exhibitions. The company were proud to receive the Best Education Initiative award from TIGA for their work on the Games Britannia festival and were finalists in the 2014 and 2016 MCV awards.

Clients include BAFTA, Gamer Network, Science Centre Singapore, Museum of Science and Industry, Endemol, The Urbis Museum, The Gadget Show, GAME, North Tyneside Council and the National Media Museum.

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